Your Bad Eating Habit may cause digestive problems

Change unhealthy eating habits to healthy eating habits

Though any digestive problem may be a result of wrong foods, you may be having a bad eating habit that is causing you heartburn indigestion.

Becoming aware of any bad habit is the first step to getting rid of that habit.

Most of the time, we are not even aware of such harmful habits. Either because these habits have been with us for a very long time.

In younger age, unhealthy eating habits may not trouble much but as you get older, these are likely to cause problems.

List of some unhealthy eating habits

  • Eating packaged and precooked meals most of the time - packaged meals may be processed foods and that can add to your digestive woes. You may be missing on the healthy fresh salads and nutritious vegetables. Home cooking is always best.
  • Snacking on unhealthy foods - you may be snacking on unhealthy foods if you don't know what are the ingredients of that pack. May be there is added sugar, salt or fat in it
  • Eating late - is one of the bad eating habit that can cause havoc with your digestion. You need to eat 2-3 hours before bedtime to give time for food to digest.

  • Eating fast - when you swallow food fast, you may not be chewing it properly. You also may overeat when you eat fast as it takes some time for the brain to get the message that the stomach is full and you would have already eaten more than necessary.

  • Eating in hurry - again when you are in hurry, you are not likely to chew food well. Not chewing food properly - Some just swallow food without chewing it as a habit even when they are not eating fast or are in a hurry.

  • Drinking more water just before or during a meal - You may be diluting the digestive juices by drinking more water just before or during a meal. It is ok to take a few sips if necessary. You should ideally drink water an hour before a meal.

  • Not drinking enough fluids - you need to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Not drinking enough can cause constipation.

  • Drinking sodas, caffeinated drinks - this can affect your digestion. May produce too much stomach acid.

  • Eating carefully during weekdays and then binging on weekends - many do not realize the ill effects of doing this. They think they are controlling their food intake the whole week will help them in weight loss. But binging on weekends will take away all the benefit of that weekdays food control.

  • Mindless eating - If you have a habit of eating while you are doing something else, such as watching TV or reading something , you may overeat, or may not chew food properly.

  • Emotional eating - You may be eating without being hungry, just because you are stressed, unhappy, sad about something. At such times, you are more likely to choose wrong kind of foods.

  • Eating too many sweets, sugar containing things - this reduces the fat burning.

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